The Sounds of Winter at Beningbrough

South Side of Beningbrough Hall in snow

Transport yourself on a full sensory wander in the Beningbrough gardens this winter, taking in sound installations in the outdoor buildings and garden.

Visitors last winter will have heard the sound installation from artist Rachel Sedman as part of the Oh Wise Owl exhibition. For winter 2018, Rachel is working with the Beningbrough team once more.

Sounds of Winter: Whispering Spaces

Runs from Saturday 10 November 2018 - Sunday 3 March 2019, on weekends 11am - 3.30pm and Tuesday - Friday for the last week during half term.

Five spaces in the garden and outdoor buildings will be transformed with different audio pieces focussing on a seasonal sound or interpretation of the space. The pieces will last from 10 to 20 minutes each and build to create a soundscape as you enjoy a walk this winter.

In the Potting Shed

Listen out for environmental sounds of autumn and winter, from leaves underfoot on a dry day to ice cracking, walking on snow, wind howling, rain and wildlife you might hear in the winter months. How many can you recognise and what would you add to the list? Alongside those you recognise there will be abstract sounds less familiar to the naked ear such as life underwater interwoven with winter poetry and verses.

Listen out for sounds of gardening tools, tasks and narratives from today and times gone by to bring a gardener's world in winter to life.

The Victorian Laundry

The Victorian laundry is an evocative place of discovery and memories for some
Linen hanging over old laundry equipment
The Victorian laundry is an evocative place of discovery and memories for some

For the first time in winter both the wet and dry side of the laundry will be open, although some of the linen pieces will be stored away in the coldest months. 

The laundry itself will be the inspiration for this soundscape and the noises of the objects used to wash and dry clothes with the elements needed like water and fire. Interdispersed will be narrative from people who used and worked in the laundry and their experiences of a winter at Beningbrough plus some of their day to day sounds of clogs on stone floors, steam and washboards.

The glasshouse in the Walled Garden

Where better to be inspired by stories from the garden than the very place that's welcome shelter on a winter's day? Pause for a time to reflect on the ever evolving natural world. What would a plant's point of view be? Poetry and verse attempts to evoke this little understood world - what do you think a plant or tree might have to say?

The American Garden

Step into the outdoor surround-sound zone to be transported to a time when Beningbrough was home to British and Canadian Aircrews from nearby Linton-on-Ouse.

Expect natural outdoor sounds, a background soundscape of planes and wording inspired by letters from the crews to and from home. 

Into the Bothy

Stepping inside this little space with a lot of history, where the theme is contrast and changes through the seasons. The piece here will explore the change and relationship of  the garden and all that's within it through winter and summer; highlighting the contrasts and similarities of the seasons.

Plan your winter visit...